Tickle – July 10, 2018

Faith Family: What an amazing July 4th event on our church campus. We obviously grew in the number of people this event touches once again this year (and the perfect weather day helped!) Thank you Lynn Varian for coordinating this year’s event. Your plan was wonderful! There were so many involved in the details of this thing. Thank you Teri McGinnis for all the marketing work – we saw a lot of new people this year! Thank you Boy Scouts for the BBQ dinners (special kudos for Courtney and her band of intrepid helpers), thank you Eric Miller and OVERFLOW+ for the awesome concert, thank you Girl Scouts for the flag retirement ceremony and ice cream, thank you UMM for getting everyone on campus safely, thank you Son’s of the American Revolution for your demonstrations and presentation, thank you grasscutters and weed whackers for preparing our campus to receive so many families (did you see all those children on the playground!), thank you Gene and Artie for keeping us all hydrated, thank you Jennifer for leading the Youth into this event in so many ways (the community volleyball was awesome!) Thank you Roy for golf cart duty and helping us watch over everything. Thank you to our third party vendors who came to add a little extra special touch. Thank you Stan for being the glue that held everything together. Well done everyone!

God’s joy, Pastor Mark

CALLING ALL SCOUTS – BOYS AND GIRL ALIKE

SCOUTS AND FAMILY DAY AT THE BLAIRSVILLE CINEMA ON SATURDAY JULY 21ST, 2018 AT 9:45AM.

All scouts in uniform, along with their families, are invited to Scouts Day at the Blairsville Cinema for the showing of Transylvania III. Price per each person in the family is $6.00 and includes a small popcorn and beverage. Other snacks will be available at regular prices.

The theater is opening for a special showing for Scouts only. Please arrive at the theater at 9:30 so there is ample time to get tickets, snacks, and seats before a short program and the movie. Boy Scouts should plan to utilize the left hand front side of the theater; girls to the right front side, and parents are welcome to the seats in the rear of the theater.

This Friday, July 13 will mark the eleventh anniversary of the Bauman Family’s first performance at The Old Courthouse on the Square in Blairsville. The program will begin at 7:00 PM. Come enjoy hearing Jeff, Diane, Kenna, Adele, Cora,and Milo.

YAH Back to School
“Bunco Fellowship”
Friday, August 10th
6:00pm In the Fellowship Hall –
Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It’s a game centered around three dice and usually three sets of four players, averaging a standard group of 12. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling the dice. However, the game is played in upbeat and social settings involving a lot of eating and fellowship, so there is always plenty to do! Join us!

HELP NEEDED
9:45 Worship Service sound board: Gary Groves will train you. We need two new people to keep this a team of four so that everyone does one week out of four. We had no one in the sound booth this last Sunday. That required all of us who are leading worship to mute and un-mute our mics from the stage. It’s distracting and cumbersome. Gary is the sound Engineer - you don’t need to be - what we need is people willing to do the simple tasks in the sound booth during worship as coached by Gary. Help us worship with excellence!

9:45 Worship Service light board: Stacy Clements will train you. We need two more people to keep this a team of four so that everyone does one week out of four. This is not a complicated role - but it is vital to enhance our Praise Worship experience in a reduced light setting. Help us worship with excellence!

Fenced in Playground of the Hill: We need a handful of people who will oversee this vital area of our church. Our Preschoolers and our Children’s ministry use this area. Unattended, the weeds and poison Ivy take over quickly. Pastor mark took care of it last year. He cannot do it again this year. Basically, we need someone to spray and oversee this area to make certain there is nothing unsafe up there for any of our children.

Memorial Garden Area (Adjacent to the Sanctuary): We have a handful of people who doing the extra special care of this manicured sacred space on our campus. If you like caring for a very special small space that includes, push mower, weed eating, and blowing, join this group. This small area requires an extra amount of TLC. We will work out a schedule.

9:45 Service MAC Stage Design: We are looking for folks who are willing to occasionally get up on a ladder. The stage is a very large space. The sky is limitless in the possibilities. We need people willing to jump into preparing the stage for each season in the life of the church (not every Sunday.) Help us worship with excellence.

Morning Glory Circle will meet tomorrow Wednesday, 11th at their regular time.

We will be ordering THE WELL t-shirts again soon for those who wish to purchase. They are $16 for long or short sleeves. Please order via email at terimcg@gmail.com and include sizes. In your email, be sure to include complete information including sleeve length, size, number of shirts, your name and phone number. Checks should be made out to FUMC and left in the church office. Your shirt will be ordered once we have 13 shirts ordered and paid for. You will be notified via email once shirts are ready for pick up in church office. Thanks!

RENT A YOUTH: firstYOUTH would like to thank the MANY people who have expressed interest in the Rent-A-Youth Program, and we appreciate you patience and grace as we get our operation off the ground! We are currently scheduling work on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the summer, and the calendar is filling up quickly! This program is intended as work-for-donation to the Youth Ministry at FUMC. We offer helping hands for your house work or yard work, but do not own nor can we bring equipment to your home such as wheelbarrows, weed trimmers, or lawnmowers. Thank you all for supporting firstYOUTH at First United Methodist Church! Contact our Youth Director, Jennifer de la Montagne, at jennifer.fumcyouth@gmail.com with your needs, and we’ll set a date to come and work!

Backpack 2 School EVENT at FUMC….JULY 28th
When: July 28th Time 11:00-2:00
Where: MAC
FUMC will be collecting primary level(cute) bookbags, student scissors, and loose leaf paper (Both College and Wide), OR financial contributions…
Our goal is to serve 400 students this year!!! We will need at least 250 of each item…
If you know of a family in need please forward this website for registration: https://sites.google.com/view/backpack-2-school-bash
Please contact me with any questions. Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361
You will hear more details this Sunday in Worship.

Upcoming Key Dates for Long Range Planning
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 12 - Blood Drive, 9:30 am till 2 pm
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Praise for the Thai soccer team being safely rescued
Bill Gleasure -recovering from leg infection
Norris Wood - heart cath procedures today at Piedmont
Ellie Dobson - fell, hospitalized in UGH room 303
Bryan Thomas - recent loss of his Father-in-Law
Charles Smith - healing at home with new knee
Joe Roach - ongoing illness
Don Koeble - home healing from many 2nd and 3rd degree burns
Kenny Engle - healing of knee - still on crutches
Margie Bowron - surgery scheduled for 17th
Ceil Jordan - stent went well - at home recovering
David Steed - upcoming knee surgery (cartilage tear)
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team
What a wonderful way to begin the second half of the year! THANK YOU Church! You are AWESOME! That helps!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
July 1………………$ 28,186…………………………..$ 541,833
July 8………………$ 17, 314………………………….$ 559,147

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle – July 4, 2018

Just one last THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped with Vacation Bible School this year - directly and indirectly. We were in ministry to 117 children between the ages a 3 yrs old and 5th graders. It was a great week. And we appreciated all the prayers. Continue to pray for God to lead those who do not have a church home to come check this one out. Rest. Renew. Rejoice.

Now let’s turn our attention to our large Community Outreach event tomorrow on July 4rth! Bring your chairs or blankets and a few friends. The weather looks promising. Details of “what happens when” is below. While the fireworks begin at 9:30 pm, stuff begins on our church campus at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss it!

Lastly, I am making a very heart felt appeal for help. Below in this tickle are many servant heart opportunities that are currently open. Pray about them. Consider stepping beyond your comfort zone. Church “goes” because people are willing to step forward and claim ministries. We will be here to equip you and help you. Look them over and pray it through. Contact Evelyn if you are willing to talk about any of these needed roles.

God’s Peace,
mark

Our Church Campus Wednesday July 4rth Plan:

6:30 ‘Overflow’ plays
6:45 Sons of the American Revolution present
copy of the Declaration of Independence to Rev. Burgess
7:00 Girl Scouts’ Flag Retirement Ceremony
followed by SAR musket salute.
‘Overflow’ resumes playing
8:00 Patriotic sing-a-long
Song #1*
Preamble to Constitution / Richard
Hoibraten
Songs # 2&3
Pledge of Allegiance / Richard
‘Overflow’ resumes playing
9:30. 🇺🇸🎉🎆💥 Fireworks!
*your choice on patriotic songs

Janice Taylor’s Girl Scout Troop 11635 will sell ice cream and cookies, Courtney Bruce is helping BS Troop 101 with BBQ plates (Jeremy is out of town). Jennifer and the Youth will be selling soft drinks. Artie and Gene are in charge of water, PopPop’s Candies will sell treats.
SEE YOU WEDNESDAY!

Driver needed: Barbara Lewis is needing a driver to take her to Northside Hospital, Atlanta by 5:30 am on Wednesday, July 11th. She will have an outpatient procedure and come home later in the day. She is willing to pay for the drive. Please contact the church office if you are willing.

9:45 Worship Service sound board: Gary Groves will train you. We need two new people to keep this a team of four so that everyone does one week out of four. We had no one in the sound booth this last Sunday. That required all of us who are leading worship to mute and un-mute our mics from the stage. It’s distracting and cumbersome. Gary is the sound Engineer - you don’t need to be - what we need is people willing to do the simple tasks in the sound booth during worship as coached by Gary. Help us worship with excellence!

9:45 Worship Service light board: Stacy Clements will train you. We need two more people to keep this a team of four so that everyone does one week out of four. This is not a complicated role - but it is vital to enhance our Praise Worship experience in a reduced light setting. Help us worship with excellence!

Fenced in Playground of the Hill: We need a handful of people who will oversee this vital area of our church. Our Preschoolers and our Children’s ministry use this area. Unattended, the weeds and poison Ivy take over quickly. Pastor mark took care of it last year. He cannot do it again this year. Basically, we need someone to spray and oversee this area to make certain there is nothing unsafe up there for any of our children.

Memorial Garden Area (Adjacent to the Sanctuary): We have a handful of people who doing the extra special care of this manicured sacred space on our campus. If you like caring for a very special small space that includes, push mower, weed eating, and blowing, join this group. This small area requires an extra amount of TLC. We will work out a schedule.

9:45 Service MAC Stage Design: We are looking for folks who are willing to occasionally get up on a ladder. The stage is a very large space. The sky is limitless in the possibilities. We need people willing to jump into preparing the stage for each season in the life of the church (not every Sunday.) Help us worship with excellence.

Morning Glory Circle will NOT meet tomorrow as it is the 4th of July. They will meet next Wednesday, 11th at their regular time.

We will be ordering THE WELL t-shirts again soon for those who wish to purchase. They are $16 for long or short sleeves. Please order via email at terimcg@gmail.com and include sizes. In your email, be sure to include complete information including sleeve length, size, number of shirts, your name and phone number. Checks should be made out to FUMC and left in the church office. Your shirt will be ordered once we have 13 shirts ordered and paid for. You will be notified via email once shirts are ready for pick up in church office. Thanks!

RENT A YOUTH: first  YOUTH would like to thank the MANY people who have expressed interest in the Rent-A-Youth Program, and we appreciate you patience and grace as we get our operation off the ground! We are currently scheduling work on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the summer, and the calendar is filling up quickly! This program is intended as work-for-donation to the Youth Ministry at FUMC. We offer helping hands for your house work or yard work, but do not own nor can we bring equipment to your home such as wheelbarrows, weed trimmers, or lawnmowers. Thank you all for supporting firstYOUTH at First United Methodist Church! Contact our Youth Director, Jennifer de la Montagne, at jennifer.fumcyouth@gmail.com with your needs, and we’ll set a date to come and work!

Backpack 2 School EVENT at FUMC….JULY 28th
When: July 28th Time 11:00-2:00
Where: MAC
FUMC will be collecting primary level(cute) bookbags, student scissors, and loose leaf paper (Both College and Wide), OR financial contributions…
Our goal is to serve 400 students this year!!! We will need at least 250 of each item…
If you know of a family in need please forward this website for registration: https://sites.google.com/view/backpack-2-school-bash
Please contact me with any questions. Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361
You will hear more details this Sunday in Worship.

Upcoming Key Dates for Long Range Planning
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 12 - Blood Drive, 9:30 am till 2 pm
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Bryan Thomas - recent loss of his Father-in-Law
Charles Smith - healing at home with new knee
Joe Roach - at home recovering from recent hospitalization
Don Koeble - home healing from many 2nd and 3rd degree burns
Kenny Engle - healing of knee - still on crutches
Margie Bowron - cardiac related diagnostic procedure Thursday at NE Georgia Medical Hospital in Gainesville
Ceil Jordan - stent went well - at home recovering
David Steed - upcoming knee surgery (cartilage tear)
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team
What a wonderful way to begin the second half of the year! THANK YOU Church! You are AWESOME! That helps!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
July 1………………$ 28,186…………………………..$ 541,833

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle- June 19, 2018

Grace is my favorite word. Especially after being away from church for 2 weeks. It’s like trying to jump onto a train moving 100 mph. Ok, here comes my leap to catch up with all of you despite triple digits of “barely read” emails - did I say that GRACE was my favorite word?

Plans for VBS are all on track. The creative decorations are in the process of being created - thanks teams! The children pre-registrations are at 74 and rising. Add to that children who come Sunday Night unregistered and we have a grand party in front of us! VBS starts Sunday night and goes through Thursday night. Thank you army of volunteers! And thank you faith family for praying us through the week to come. We will need your prayers!

I also want to re-enforce the UMM activities we lifted up during Sunday’s Father’s Day mission moment. Come check out the Men’s weekly Bible Study when they start back up after summer break on Tuesday mornings, men’s breakfast groups (usually meet every other week at a restaurant of your choosing), campus care team, aluminum can recycling, partnerships with the Youth ministry (pumpkin patch active right now), partnerships with Scouting (Eagle Projects, etc…), partnerships with Children’s ministry (Playground care), partnerships with Memorial Garden care, events (like VBS, July 4rth Outreach, Fall Festival, etc…) and our Spiritual Gathering of Men event roughly every 4 months where we all come together (the only time we all come together) to worship God in a “Men’s themed” weekend experience for one hour. Have you looked at Men’s ministry at FUMC recently? There is a place for you. Come help men disciple men.
God’s Peace,
mark

WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS:
David and Rada Cline 785 Summit Way, Blairsville 30512

The pictorial directory is progressing nicely. Please continue to send in your family’s picture to be included. Several of you have written that you wanted to submit a new picture but have not done so. The pictures can be YOUR pick of setting and style. And if you need one taken, just pop by the office and Evelyn can take one. This directory is for anyone and everyone who calls FUMC their church home. Just email your picture to the church office at firstumc@windstream.net. Picture submissions are open until the end of June. Today is June 19.

We will be ordering THE WELL t-shirts again soon for those who wish to purchase. They are $16 for long or short sleeves. Please order via email at terimcg@gmail.com and include sizes. In your email, be sure to include complete information including sleeve length, size, number of shirts, your name and phone number. Checks should be made out to FUMC and left in the church office. Your shirt will be ordered once we have 13 shirts ordered and paid for. You will be notified via email once shirts are ready for pick up in church office. Thanks!

First YOUTH will meet at 6 pm TONIGHT at our pumpkin patch, in the field just beyond the Annex. Come dressed for the heat, bring a water bottle, and prepare to get dirty as together we plant the field with pumpkins and some gourds. Pick-up will be at 7 pm, after we consume large amounts of ice pops!

Also, if you are needing some help around your house or yard, why not RENT-A-YOUTH?! The youth are fundraising for missions, and are hoping to work for ministry donations. Contact our Youth Director, Jennifer de la Montagne, at jennifer.fumcyouth@gmail.com with your needs, and we’ll set a date to come and work!

VBS - STARTING THIS SUNDAY, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
June 19 at 6pm VBS training in the Sanctuary for all volunteers
June 21 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 23 at 10 am Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
Every volunteer must have had Safe Sanctuary training done by Pastor Mark and have had a background check in the last 3 years. If you have not, please plan to attend one of the Safe Sanctuary training events

Backpack 2 School EVENT at FUMC….JULY 28th
When: July 28th Time 11:00-2:00
Where: MAC
FUMC will be collecting primary level(cute) bookbags, student scissors, and loose leaf paper (Both College and Wide), OR financial contributions…
Our goal is to serve 400 students this year!!! We will need at least 250 of each item…
If you know of a family in need please forward this website for registration: https://sites.google.com/view/backpack-2-school-bash
Please contact me with any questions. Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361

Upcoming Key Dates for Long Range Planning
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 12 - Blood Drive, 9:30 am till 2 pm
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

FUMC is hosting an Early Response Team Certification course on Saturday June 30 in the MAC from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Recipients will earn their ERT badges (which are good for 2 years.) If there is any chance that you might wish to participate in Hurricane Damage response (past or present) – this certification is the entry level training virtually required these days before you will be allowed entrance to an area that has significant damage. Course materials and lunch are included (catered by Chick-fil-a). The cost is $10 per person. To register, email firstumc@windstream.net or call the church office.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Children separated from their parents
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
All the moving United Methodist Pastor’s this week
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Chuck Stancil passed last week in Florida
Charles Smith - other knee replacement Surgery this Thursday in Knoxville
Kim Kuykendall - back home and on antibiotics
Peggy Wood - diverticulitus
Gwen Graphman - recent hospitalization
Gary Ledbetter - home healing from Achillels Tendon surgery
Devin Gasaway - Congrats on your Eagle Scout!!!
Kenny Engle - healing of knee - still on crutches
Ceil Jordan - upcoming Kidney related arterial stent
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team
Help us finish strong on this coming Sunday as we complete the halfway mark in our $1,100,000 ministry plan year. Our expenses are on that track.

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
June 3……………. $ 22,046………………………….. $ 460,150
June 10……………$ 20,360……………………………$ 480,510
June 17……………$ 19,231……………………………$ 499,742

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle – June 12, 2018

Pastor Mark and Pam Jordan are away at Annual Conference. Please keep them in your prayers this week.

There is an informational meeting with CASA representatives this Thursday evening at 6:30 pm in the small dining room in the MAC. This is a follow up from Sunday’s mission moment. If you have an interest in being a CASA, this is an excellent time to come learn more about it.

Thank you church for quickly stepping up and beautifying the church grounds before Bob Head’s service last Saturday. It was wonderful for Carol to see the church grounds so beautifully groomed. Thank you for that act of kindness.

The pictorial directory is progressing nicely. Please continue to send in your family’s picture to be included. Several of you have written that you wanted to submit a new picture but have not done so. The pictures can be YOUR pick of setting and style. And if you need one taken, just pop by the office and Evelyn can take one. This directory is for anyone and everyone who calls FUMC their church home. Just email your picture to the church office at firstumc@windstream.net. Picture submissions are open til the end of June.

We will be ordering THE WELL t-shirts again soon for those who wish to purchase. They are $16 for long or short sleeves. Please order via email at terimcg@gmail.com and include sizes. In your email, be sure to include complete information including sleeve length, size, number of shirts, your name and phone number. Checks should be made out to FUMC and left in the church office. Your shirt will be ordered once we have 13 shirts ordered and paid for. You will be notified via email once shirts are ready for pick up in church office. Thanks!

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
Our VBS is JUNE 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

VBS - You can help with Supplies!
We have several things that we need for VBS this year—would you consider helping us with collecting these items before VBS? We need:
25-30 empty, clean, gallon size milk jugs - HAVE ENOUGH
Buttons
4-6 beach balls
Brightly colored finger nail polish (lots and lots!)
LARGE Cardboard boxes in all sizes for decorating - HAVE ENOUGH
Old umbrellas, especially golf size, that you will not get back!
Empty 16 oz. water bottles with lids
Large, red, washable markers
Small bottles of hand sanitizer- HAVE ENOUGH
Pens - HAVE ENOUGH
NEW ITEM NEEDED:
30-35 clean, empty gatorade/powerade single serving size bottles, that are wide mouth.  NEED BY SECOND DAY OF VBS
If you are willing to donate any of these items please place them in the Children’s Ministry office in the main hall between the Sanctuary and the MAC. Thank you!
Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
June 19 at 6pm VBS training in the Sanctuary for all volunteers
June 21 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 23 at 10 am Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
Every volunteer must have had Safe Sanctuary training done by Pastor Mark and have had a background check in the last 3 years. If you have not, please plan to attend one of the Safe Sanctuary training events

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack 2 school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

FUMC is hosting an Early Response Team Certification course on Saturday June 30 in the MAC from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Recipients will earn their ERT badges (which are good for 2 years.) If there is any chance that you might wish to participate in Hurricane Damage response (past or present) – this certification is the entry level training virtually required these days before you will be allowed entrance to an area that has significant damage.
Course materials and lunch are included. The cost is $10 per person. To register, email firstumc@windstream.net or call the church office.

The Head famiy is now inviting the church family to visit Carol Head at the Blue Ridge Assisted Living located right off of Hwy 515 on the other side of Blue Ridge. Visitors are welcome. Just sign in at the welcome desk and they will give you instructions as to her room number. Mailing address is 1600 Ballewtown Road, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Kim Kuykendall - back in Northside Hospital Canton to remove device as suspected source of infection
Sandy & Jesse Eady - recent loss
Carol Head and family - recent loss
Gary Ledbetter - home healing from Achillels Tendon surgery
Youth Mission trip - back home
Kenny Engle - healing of knee
Ceil Jordan - did one Stent last week - has doctor appointment to schedule second one in weeks ahead
Alan/Kathy Zimmerman - recent loss
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lymphoma
Debbie Steed - broken wrist
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - continuing eye problems
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team
Wow! Generosity is also contagious! Thank you Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
June 3……………. $22,046………………………….. $ 460,150
June 10……………$ 20,360…………………………..$ 480,510

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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